The upper-left corner of this image shows a plume blowing toward the southeast over the Persian Gulf. According to the International Weather Blog at AccuWeather.com, the -- a northwesterly wind blowing over the floodplain of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in Iraq -- had been active several days before this massive storm on June 18. The shamal caused a earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/natural_hazards_v2.php3?img_id=14889&src=map mild dust storm on June 16, but by June 18, the persistent wind had spread dust over southern Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and eastern Saudi Arabia. This image also shows a heavy concentration of dust off the coasts of Pakistan and India. South of the Pakistan-India border, dust mingles with clouds.
A June 18 report from GulfNews.com predicted that dust would linger over the Arabian Peninsula for another 48 hours, thanks to low wind speeds over the area. Winds were expected to pick up in a day or two, bringing warmer temperatures with them. In the meantime, individuals with breathing difficulties were advised to remain indoors.
The high-resolution image for this scene is at a resolution of 500 meters, and is composed of observations from three overpasses made by the Aqua satellite on June 18, 2008.
NASA images courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Michon Scott.